US official says recognition of Palestinian state premature

December 11, 2010 00:29

In response to Latin American countries' recent recognition of a Palestinian state, US Undersecretary of State William Burns on Friday said, "We believe such recognition is premature," reported Reuters. 

"It's only through negotiation between the parties themselves, Palestinians and Israelis, that we'll be able to realize the two-state solution," Reuters quoted Burns as saying while on a visit to Chile.Earlier this week, Israel called the recognition announcements "highly damaging interference" by countries that were never involved in the Middle East peace process.

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